January 16, 2008

ONE NICE THING ABOUT A PLACEBO... (via The Other Brother):

Drug Approved. Is Disease Real? (ALEX BERENSON, 1/15/08, NY Times)

For patient advocacy groups and doctors who specialize in fibromyalgia, the Lyrica approval is a milestone. They say they hope Lyrica and two other drugs that may be approved this year will legitimize fibromyalgia, just as Prozac brought depression into the mainstream.

But other doctors — including the one who wrote the 1990 paper that defined fibromyalgia but who has since changed his mind — say that the disease does not exist and that Lyrica and the other drugs will be taken by millions of people who do not need them.

As diagnosed, fibromyalgia primarily affects middle-aged women and is characterized by chronic, widespread pain of unknown origin.

...imaginary cures are especially effective on imaginary ills. Just getting someone to play along suffices.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 16, 2008 10:21 AM
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